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Police issue Mattie's call for Clayton Co. woman

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The Clayton County Police Department issued a Mattie's call on Sunday evening for 36-year-old Jasmine Kendra Bridgeman.

Bridgeman, whose family said has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was last seen Sunday morning around 9:00 on Salisbury Trail.

Clayon Co. police described Bridgeman as 5-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing around 30 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a pink-dotted undershirt with a large gray overshirt, with pink cropped pants. 

Anyone with information on Bridgeman's whereabouts is asked to contact Clayton Co. police at (770) 473-5402. 

Good Samaritans rescue woman after I-75 car wreck

JONESBORO, Ga. -- It was a frightening experience for a Jonesboro woman Wednesday night when her car was sideswiped by another vehicle getting on to Interstate 75.

Her car spun out of control and came to rest on the side of the highway. She was trapped inside. Passing motorists pulled over, jumped from their vehicles and after calling 911, pulled the woman out of the car.

She said they saved her life.

"I have just had the scariest encounter of my whole life and I cannot believe I came out of that," said Haley Shackelford, who says she owes her life to five total strangers.

"I had two carloads of men that not only stopped, but risked their lives to help me -- strangers I had never met," she said.

"They all got out of the car in the middle of the Interstate, five men helping me."

Shackelford didn't know their names but clearly remembered what they did.

Student garden, greenhouse project coming to Kendrick Middle

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Kendrick Middle School has received a grant from Lowe's, which will go towards a new student garden and greenhouse project for the school's campus.

As reported by Jerry Jackson of CCPS, the project is set to be finished by August 9. The grant is part of the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant, which was given to 550 schools across the country. Kendrick Middle was one of those schools.

"We plan to install a greenhouse in our unused center courtyard which will enhance the outdoor classroom," Wayne Clayton III, gifted education coordinator said. "We plan to include a pebble walkway with low maintenance colorful flowers, bright paint, and rain-catching barrels for storing watering for plants and vegetables."

Through the project, student at Kendrick will learn about Georgia's economy, government, history and geography. 

Help Desk: Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day is approaching and the Help Desk has weekend events for you and the family to celebrate this honorary holiday!

EVENT CALENDAR | Complete weekend events listings

Stone Mountain Park is honoring troops and their families with the three-day event, "Salute the Troops." The park will feature free concerts, a laser show, a special fireworks finale, and more patriotic activities paying tribute to the brave men and women who protect our country. Active and retired military personnel can get a free Adventure Pass with a valid ID while taking advantage of discounts for the family.

Parts fall off China Airlines jet on approach to ATL

ATLANTA -- Federal aviation officials are investigating what caused parts of a Chinese Airline cargo jetet to crash on top of a house in metro Atlanta.

The 747 was on its final approach, when a 20-foot section of the wing crashed to the ground, slamming through the roof of an Ellenwood home.

Out of nowhere, parts of the leading edge of the China Air 747 wing pierced the roof of the home.

There were no injuries and the pilot landed the plane safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

But for homeowners in the neighborhood it was frightening.

"We do get probably at least 100 planes a day coming over our house so for something to fall is devastating because we have kids who play in the area, play outside all the time," said Kimberly Johnson, a neighborhood homeowner.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll is here in time for State Championship Weekend. Some of the state's best are done, but the team at the top will get to play for the crown.

The Milton Eagles are in the class AAAAAA final against neighborhood rival Roswell. Blessed Trinity is next while Walton, Starr's Mill and Loganville round out the top 5.

Parkview, Gainesville come in at 6 and 7, with new state class 1A Private champion Eagle's Landing Christian at 8. Marist and East Coweta complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer generated and produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com.

Sentence upheld for man who beat baby to death

Sentence upheld for man who beat baby to death

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction for a Clayton County man who beat his toddler son to death.

Jamall DeCarlos Mathis was found guilty in November 2010 of fracturing 17-month-old Ja 'Mari Myckahi Jones' skull. Mathis was convicted of several charges, including felony murder and aggravated battery, and was sentenced to life without parole plus 41 years in prison.

According to information presented in court, Mathis was 16 when his son was born. He provided no support for Ja 'Mari, which caused the baby's mother to file a complaint for child support.

On Sept. 16, 2009, about a month before the child support hearing, Ja 'Mari was found unresponsive in the home where Mathis was staying. The toddler was rushed to Southern Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.